In early 2002, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) agreed to support a chimpanzee genome sequencing project initially aimed at producing 6- to 8-fold, whole genome shotgun sequence coverage of the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) genome. A short time later, in late 2003, a decision was made to support a proposal to complete a high-quality (6- to 8-fold coverage) genome assembly. Paired end reads from plasmids, fosmids, and BACs will be assembled and the assembly will be analyzed before a decision is made to continue sequencing to a greater depth of coverage.The chimpanzee genome sequencing project is led by the Broad Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research and the Washington University Genome Sequencing Center.
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Last Reviewed: June 4, 2012